John Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES) was recently recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. JRCES is the only PLTW Distinguished District in Oklahoma City and one of two in the state for the 2016-2017 school year.
The PLTW Launch curriculum empowers students to think critically through activities and problems relating to the world around them. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) lessons include interactive projects like creating a video game, designing a seatbelt and building a robot.
“We are thrilled to be designated as a Distinguished District,” said JRCES Head of School and Superintendent Joe Pierce. “The Launch program provides access to experiences that encourage teamwork, creativity and critical thinking. We want our students to develop a passion for and confidence in STEM. This curriculum is the best place to start.”
The PLTW Distinguished District recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement and achievement in PLTW programs.
“It is a great honor to recognize John Rex Charter Elementary School for its commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “JRCES is a model for what school should look like, and the faculty and staff should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career-ready and successful on any career path they choose.”
JRCES is one of just over 30 districts across the U.S. to receive this honor.